Use social media, CM asks depts

Bhubaneswar: All departments of the state government are soon going to use social media like Face book, Twitter, You Tube, Google search etc to establish two way communications between the government and the citizens.

Chairing a high level meeting at the State Secretariat here today, chief minister Naveen Patnaik directed all the departments to take appropriate actions for using social media since the state government is committed to openness and responsiveness in governance.

Underscoring the importance of social media in connecting to people, Patnaik said the government, which functions at multiple levels, needs to have prompt interaction with people directly.

He also advised to use precise and accurate information in social media.

A presentation was made by the Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC) on the possible social media structure.

It was decided that a high level committee will be formed and a consulting agency will be engaged for the purpose. The IT department will work as the nodal agency while the I&PR department will be the content manager for the purpose. Appropriate guidelines will be prepared for all government officers and training will be given to the personnel engaged for this purpose. Each department and district will create their own accounts.

The chief minister also directed the departments to update their websites, make them dynamic and attractive.